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Cheddar’s Tigers to Join the Accra Zoo: Boosting Tourism and Conservation Efforts in Ghana

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Accra Zoo, also known as the Accra Zoological Gardens, has announced plans to increase the diversity of species within its facility. The Zoo Manager, Mr Paul Addah, stated that the zoo plans to add more animals based on their ecological behaviour and acceptance, in addition to its current 30 different species of animals and 160 individual species.

This comes as the zoo prepares to welcome two tigers that were brought into the country last year by a businessman, Cheddar, also known as Nana Kwame Bediako. The tigers were relocated by the police and the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, and their current whereabouts are unknown. However, Mr Addah confirmed that the tigers will be brought into the zoo soon.

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According to Mr Addah, the zoo’s primary purpose is to provide entertainment and leisure for guests. Still, it also has a responsibility to breed and reintroduce animals into ecosystems. The zoo plans to generate more revenue by working to appreciate both local and foreign guests for their patronage.

The Accra Zoo has seen a lot of development with regards to recreational centers and safety of both animals and visitors. Visitors can enjoy holidays, picnics, and birthdays within the zoo’s spacious grounds. The zoo recorded a total of 45,000 visitors in 2022 and has already welcomed 11,000 visitors this year, with 6,000 visitors recorded in March alone.

The Accra Zoo’s commitment to increasing ecological diversity and responsible animal management aligns with global efforts to protect wildlife and promote sustainable tourism. For the most part, the zoo provides an opportunity for visitors to engage with nature while supporting conservation efforts in Ghana.

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